This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to maintain a healthy and safe workplace through participation in the process of identifying work health and safety (WHS) hazards and assessing and controlling WHS risks, and the promotion and support of worker consultation.

It applies to individuals who assist with the identification of workplace hazards and the assessment and control of WHS risks as part of their WHS responsibilities, which are in addition to their main duties.

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - participate in selection and use of required methods to identify, report and record hazards; - assess and record risks for identified hazards; - promote and support worker consultation and participation in hazard identification and risk assessment, and; - participate in developing, selecting and implementing risk control options and plans.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - outline the relevant Commonwealth and state or territory Acts, regulations, codes of practice standards, guidance material and other relevant publications; - summarise work health and safety (WHS) legislative requirements about: communication, consultation and participation; notification of incidents; recordkeeping; specific hazard identification and risk assessment and control methods; - list the basic principles of incident causation and injury processes; - explain the concept of hazards, risks and risk factors; - describe hazard identification and risk assessment methods; - identify internal and external sources of WHS information and data, and how to access them; - summarise organisational WHS policies, procedures, processes and systems; - describe the range of WHS hazards that may be present in the workplace, the harm they can cause and how this harm occurs; - describe risk control options for different hazards and work situations; - identify types of hazard and risk registers, and; - describe the workplace communication processes for sharing information about hazard identification, and risk assessment and control.

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